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William Greiner, Fallen Paradise

Klompching Gallery
111 Front Street, Suite 206, 212-796-2070
May 1 - June 27, 2008
Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6 - 8 PM
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KLOMPCHING GALLERY is pleased to announce, Fallen Paradise (New Orleans 1995–2005), an exhibition of outstanding photographs by the US photographer, William Greiner.

Born and raised in New Orleans, William Greiner knows the city intimately. He presents here, a ‘snapshot’ of the decade preceding hurricane Katrina, in which he evidences the city’s abandonment before natural disaster struck. Greiner interrogates this urbanscape with a perceptive eye and a highly crafted use of the photographic frame, color and formal line.

William Greiner’s modus operandi is the American color tradition, in which the familiar becomes unfamiliar. The seemingly objective actuality of the city, its banality, its ordinary everyday impression, is transformed into a vista of lush saturated palettes of color. Here, a decade of looking at and picturing New Orleans, is brought together and displayed for the first time. It’s a celebration of apparent incidental imagery that is, of course, abound in formal devices—frame, vantage point, shape and line.

Greiner is successful in compelling us to look, not just at his city, but at the photograph itself. Whilst the importance of his subject does not disappear, these images function as photographic artifact—as observation and cultural object. William Greiner received his BFA in Photography from Tufts University in Boston. His career spans some twenty years and can be found in the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Center for Photography (Bombay), Museum of Modern Art (NY) and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art (NY) amongst others. William Greiner lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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